Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins currently makes around $500,000 a month.
The 26-year-old former professional Halo player told CNBC his astonishing monthly revenue comes from a combination of factors that includes his mammoth 3.7m Twitch followers, 5m YouTube subscribers and millions of social media followers.
The bulk of the revenue comes from Amazon and Twitch Prime subscribers, however. It costs $4.99 a month to subscribe to a streamer’s channel. In the interview, Ninja said he had benefited from a promotion between Twitch and Fortnite maker Epic that lets Amazon and Twitch Prime subscribers obtain loot in the free-to-download Battle Royale game. This is “one of the main reasons for the influx of subscribers currently to my stream” he said.
Ninja will also have benefited greatly from a recent high-profile Fortnite gaming session with rapper Drake, which he said during the stream had added 10,000 subscribers to his Twitch channel alone. Ninja has become the biggest streamer on Twitch since switching to playing Fortnite, which is pretty much the hottest game on earth right now.